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Health and environmental sciences, Fatigue, Patient safety, Student clinical hours, Student nurses, Student well being, Student work demands
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The purpose of this descriptive study was to explore fatigue in second year nursing students at a university in southwestern Ontario. The study examined the perceptions of fatigue at the end of clinical consolidation in second year and the predictors of fatigue. A sample of 66 undergraduate nursing students completed a demographic questionnaire and the Occupational Fatigue Exhaustion Recovery (OFER) scale. Findings revealed that nursing students experienced moderate levels of fatigue with low inter-shift recovery. More than half of participants felt exhausted at work. The majority of participants reported having no energy left after a typical work period. Over half indicated they often felt fatigued from the end of one shift to the start of another. Student role demands and being a night person chronotype were predictors of fatigue. Further research is recommended to examine the impact of student nurse fatigue on patient safety, student nurse well-being and retention.
Groundwater, Michelle Lynn, "Exploration of Fatigue in Second Year Nursing Students" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 5131.